What to do When You Feel Like Quitting

What to do When You Feel Like Quitting

There seems to be a near-universal experience for Jiu-Jitsu players in which they encounter a setback (usually at white or blue belt), and then consider quitting. Sometimes the setback is external: an injury, an ultimatum from a spouse or significant other (you’re training too much!), or a clash of personalities with an instructor or other students. Internal setbacks often look like growth plat...
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Show us your Panda Gear!

Show us your Panda Gear!
Roll into the new year with some pristine grappling wear packed into a custom panda backpack by entering our photo contest! 
Nelson Puentes
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Meet The Pandas -- Olympic Judo’s ‘Jiu-Jitsu Kid’ -- Ryan Lakea Vargas

Meet the Pandas sheds light on the faces of the Panda Nation. This month, we’d like you to meet Ryan Lakea Vargas. At 22, Vargas is a jiu-jitsu brown belt and judo black belt. He’ll be heading to the Olympics in 2021,...
Joseph Hannan
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Exiting the Downward Spiral

Jiu-jitsu is a game of ups and downs, both literally and figuratively. Getting yourself out of a down period is all about mindset and details. You can’t avoid them but having a game plan to tackle them can help get yo...
Nick C
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5 things good training partners always do

Good training partners don’t behave recklessly, like the subject of this story. They train to win, to improve, to grow, but not to injure. There are also some other qualities that I think make for ideal training partn...
Joseph Hannan
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Growing Your Gym’s Community Outside of Class

By building your gym’s culture and group’s camaraderie, you will see your training partners in a new light. Also you will be opening doors for someone who might be more reticent than you. It’s a win-win.
Nick C
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Inverting Gear: How our Backpacks are Designed

It came time to design some backpacks for Inverted Gear, it took a long time to get my ideas together, and to narrow it down to 3 designs. Our rolltop bag is the first of these designs.
Nelson Puentes
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How The Pandemic Can Improve Your BJJ

COVID-19 forced many of us to own our BJJ education. With guided instruction limited by a virus that thrives off of proximity, improving our skills became not just something we outsource, but something we must instiga...
Joseph Hannan
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Inverting Gear: How our Rashguards are Designed

Inverting Gear: How our Rashguards are Designed
Nelson goes back and shares the history and thought process behind each Inverted Gear rashguard design.
Nelson Puentes
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Inverting Gear: How Our Gis are Designed

when the Affliction/Tapout era was at its peak, we went the opposite direction and made the original panda gi. While we were at it, we tried to solve some problems that had bothered me for years.
Nelson Puentes
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What It's Been Like Running a Jiu-Jitsu Business Right Now

2020 has been quite the year for all businesses. Our industry in specific was hit quite hard. 
Nelson Puentes
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Why You Need to Edit Your Jiu-Jitsu, And How to Do It

In writing, like in jiu-jitsu, editing is where half of the learning takes place.
Joseph Hannan
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